Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The tobacco barn of my great grandpa, Emery Self, recently fell. Mrs. Richard Leon (Faye Nell) Talley who lives on the property called me on July 24 to say the barn, which had been leaning for some time, fell in June. She had gone to church one Sunday morning and when she returned the barn was on the ground. According to cousin J.L Self "the barn was built in the early 1950's by the men in the community,(a barn raising). It was a tobacco barn. All of the material came off of the property. I remember grandpa walking on the plates on top of the poles. Grandma and the women cooked dinner for the men." I remember as a child playing around the barn and the small branch that ran beside it. On Thursday, July 25, I took my daughter, Lydia and went to 275 Citico Road in Vonore, where the barn is located. I took a few pictures and was able to get some of the pine planks from the barn walls. I plan to give some of the wood to grandpa Self's grandchildren as a keepsake. Mrs. Talley told me the branch had been getting out of banks this year due to heavy rainfall. She said the water often would run through the middle of the barn and she figures the water washed out the soil and stone pillars from underneath the support poles of the barn. The picture shows how the barn now looks. The owner of the property, Franklin Kirkland, of Vonore, plans to clear the area with a bulldozer in the near future.


The Coleman Family reunion was held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee. This reunion was for the descendants of Laura Ellen Self Coleman and Jessie Anderson Coleman. It was a beautiful afternoon for the reunion. The breeze off Tellico Lake made it very comfortable. Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious meal and some great fellowship. Approximately 50 attended. Several came from other states. I will try to post some photos if anyone who attended shares some with me.